Team

Christine Black

Christine

My name is Christine Black. I am 44 years old and the Head teacher of the International Montessori English Speaking Preschool in Munich. I am married with two grown children and 1 grandchild. I am British from Northern England. I have lived in Munich for 13 years and worked at the Preschool for 8 years.

I am a Montessori-trained teacher, with NAMC Diploma Qualification. I also have a Child Psychology Diploma, and a Social Work with Children and Families Diploma. Additionally, I have an Aromatherapy Diploma - a skill I use to create a peaceful environment for the children.

My interests are photography, cooking and gardening.

I became a teacher because I enjoy teaching small children new things every day and sparking their interests. I chose the Montessori path because I believe in teaching children to respect one another, their environment, and for our world. And I love that the Montessori philosophy develops the whole child. It's a joy to watch these wonderful children grow and mature into curious little citizens of the planet. I am always looking forward to working with each child's unique approach to learning, as they follow their own independent ideas.

Sita Pereira-Schneider

Sita

My name is Sita Pereira-Schneider. I am 31 years old and the German teacher at the Preschool. I am married. I am half German and half Dutch. I lived in Munich until the age of 8 and then grew up in Dubai, coming back to Munich in 2000. I grew up speaking mainly English, but also fluent German. I studied 3 and half years in England.

As a child, I was in a Montessori Kindergarten and school, and those were wonderful years.

I became a teacher because I enjoy teaching small children new things and I like to see the development of the Child. I chose the Montessori path because I love the Idea of Maria Montessori's method, and I love that the Montessori philosophy develops the whole child.

Olivia Koegl

Olivia

My name is Olivia and I am 34 years old. I am from Munich but I have lived in Sydney, Australia for the last 5 years.

I hold a Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) and have worked as the group leader for the preschool of the University of Technology Sydney for the last years. I also hold a Magister Artium (M.A.) in Psycholinguistics and an additional qualification in Speech Pathology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

I became a teacher because I love seeing a child's expression when they have just discovered something new and wonderful for the first time and when a child is able to perform a new skill without assistance for the first time. I believe that children learn through play, having fun, feeling valued and most importantly being allowed to be a child. In my opinion, a child's curiosity and enthusiasm is the most important key to learning. I believe that our hobbies and interests can be incorporated into our teaching styles and help us be better teachers. One of my interests is travelling and discovering the uniqueness of different cultures.

I chose the path of Montessori because I share its philosophy that children learn at their own pace, follow their own individual interests and are active participants in their learning.

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